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Kuumbwa And The Magic of Monday Night

Read "Kuumbwa And The Magic of Monday Night" reviewed by Arthur R George

Monday nights, otherwise a down time for many music venues, have been magic for the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in jny: Santa Cruz, CA. Kuumbwa's most prominent shows occur, oddly, on off-calendar Monday nights or midweek, featuring headliners before or after their engagements nearby in jny: San Francisco and jny: Oakland and who are touring up or ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pacific Mambo Orchestra: Live from Stern Grove Festival

Read "Live from Stern Grove Festival" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Putting together your follow-up can't be easy when your self-produced, self-titled debut wins the notoriously competitive Best Tropical Latin Album GRAMMY® Award. Where could trumpeter Steffen Kuehn (from Germany) and pianist Christian Tumulan (from Mexico) lead the Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) from there?

Tumulan and Kuehn smartly construct PMO's second release to do what ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

AA.VV.: Salsa de la Bahia vol 2, Hoy Y Ayer

Read "Salsa de la Bahia vol 2, Hoy Y Ayer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A distanza di un anno dal primo volume, esce il secondo capitolo della raccolta dedicata alla Salsa e al Latin jazz di San Francisco. Se il primo raccoglieva gruppi e incisioni del periodo 2000-2010 stavolta il curatore Wayne Wallace documenta gli anni dal 1980 al 2000, più una puntata sull'attualità, dal 2010 al 2013. Non a ...

Ray Obiedo: There Goes That

Read "There Goes That" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Noted guitarist Ray Obiedo's There Goes That (Rhythmus Records) is his first album since 1999's Modern World (Domo Records). Over his 4 decades plus career, Obeido has worked with an impressive Who's Who List of musicians including: Herbie Hancock, Bobbi Humphrey, George Duke, The Whispers, Brenda Russell, Pete Escovedo, Grover Washington, Jr., The Rippingtons and Lou ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Grammy Award Winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra Releases New Single And Video Pacific Mambo Dance Worldwide On March 3rd, 2015

Grammy Award Winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra Releases New Single And Video Pacific Mambo Dance Worldwide On March 3rd, 2015

San Francisco, CA - This is Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s first international video and single release since the San Francisco Bay Area sensation nabbed the 2013 Grammy Award® for Best Tropical Latin Album. Pacific Mambo Dance is an infectious, get-off-your- feet group dance anthem that’s destined to become a new club classic and will be available digitally worldwide on March 3rd, 2015. The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pacific Mambo Orchestra: Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Read "Pacific Mambo Orchestra" reviewed by Edward Blanco

San Francisco's premier Latin big band launches its self-titled Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) debut barely two years after pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn founded the 19-piece ensemble. A festival favorite and fixture in the Bay Area, the PMO is a sizzling modern day Latin salsa jazz orchestra built to revisit the big band sounds ...